Game Releases by Score

IL-2 Sturmovik 1.

IL-2 Sturmovik

Platform: PC
November 18, 2001
Fly 31 types of Russian, German and American planes. Engage in air-to-air and air-to-ground battles. Multiplay with up to 32 players in dogfight and 16 players in cooperative missions. Use custom paint schemes, squadron nose art, numbering on wings, and national markings for each plane. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.7
Black & White 2.

Black & White

Platform: PC
March 26, 2001
Peter Molyneux's highly anticipated "god game," a blend of the genres including strategy, sim, RPG, and puzzle, features the player as a new god in the lands of Eden who must reign with the help of uniquely evolving animals in either a benign or evil fashion.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.7
Sid Meier's Civilization III 3.

Sid Meier's Civilization III

Platform: PC
October 30, 2001
In Civilization III, you'll find new pathways to explore and strategies to employ, greatly expanded diplomacy, more powerful combat, a new trade system, new technologies, more powerful tools to build and manage your empire, and the most detailed and beautiful art, animations and sound ever found in the genre. [Infogrames]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.4
Flight Simulator 2002 4.

Flight Simulator 2002

Platform: PC
October 19, 2001
Includes a wide variety of aircraft for you to fly-from a new Cessna 172S single-engine trainer and a Caravan floatplane to the Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet. You can splash down in a lake, hover in the Bell 206B JetRanger III helicopter, or practice aerobatics in the Extra 300S. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
7.3
Max Payne 5.

Max Payne

Platform: PC
July 23, 2001
A story-driven third-person shooter with a realistic weapon setup including over a dozen real-life guns, all fitting the crime-story setting like a bullet in the head. The action is surrounded with more than 80 hand-painted comic-screens that enhance the game's gritty atmosphere and attitude, introduce the game's murderous cast of characters, and carry the plot from one location to the next. [Gathering of Developers]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
9.1
NASCAR Racing 4 6.

NASCAR Racing 4

Platform: PC
February 6, 2001
Puts you in the driver's seat of a 750-hp NASCAR Winston Cup car that responds to your every move and leaves your heart pounding! Papyrus originated the NASCAR sim and consistently sets the standard in racing games. [Sierra]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.4
Tribes 2 7.

Tribes 2

Platform: PC
March 28, 2001
The sequel to Sierra's multiplayer phenomenon "Starsiege: Tribes," 1999's 360 degree, team-based first-person shooter, "Tribes 2" lets up to 64 gamers simultaneously battle online in 40th century outdoor environments.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.3
Return to Castle Wolfenstein 8.

Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Platform: PC
November 19, 2001
As B.J. Blazkowicz, a highly decorated Army Ranger recruited into the Office of Secret Actions, you are tasked with escaping and then returning to Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to thwart Heinrich Himmler's occult and genetic experiments. Through genetic engineering and the harnessing of occult powers, Himmler hopes to raise an unstoppable army to level the Allies once and for all. You must first escape from imprisonment in the castle to report the strange creatures and happenings in and around Wolfenstein to the OSA. Your mission takes a drastic turn as you learn the depth of Himmler's plans and what you must do to defeat the evil he has unleashed. [Activision]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.7
Dark Age of Camelot 9.

Dark Age of Camelot

Platform: PC
September 1, 2001
Set in the Kingdom of Albion in the years immediately following the death of King Arthur, players of this MMORPG enter a world in chaos, where Arthur's peace has been shattered and dark forces threaten the Kingdom. In Camelot, players must choose to be members of one of the three Realms that are striving for mastery in this chaotic world. [Mythic Entertainment]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.8
Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal 10.

Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal

Platform: PC
June 21, 2001
The final chapter of the wildly popular Baldur's Gate series, technically and add-on pack to "Shadows of Amn" but which plays like a true sequel, opens after the conclusion of "Shadows" at the outbreak of a major Bhaalspawn war and throws you into a new adventure called the Watcher's Keep.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.8
Europa Universalis II 11.

Europa Universalis II

Platform: PC
November 12, 2001
From the medieval battles of Jeanne D'Arc to the fantastic empires of the Incas to the flaming wars of Napoleon, EU II invites you to take the seat as the ruler of a superpower for 400 epic years. The challenge begins in 1419 - the 100 years war between France and England - and ends with the rise and eventual fall of one of Europe's greatest strategists, Napoleon. Take on the role of the Colonizing Might of Spain, the feudal warlords of Samurai Japan as well as the small trading nation of Genoa. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.7
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction 12.

Diablo II: Lord of Destruction

Platform: PC
June 27, 2001
With a stash that's double the size of the "Diablo II's," hundreds of new types of items and magical properties, two new powerful character classes -- the Assassin and the Druid -- , and an improved enemy A.I., this expansion pack should reinforce the staying power of an already legendary RPG.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
9.1
NHL 2002 13.

NHL 2002

Platform: PC
September 17, 2001
EA's Canadian developing team returns to the ice with better graphics, improved lighting, create-a-player features, "Soul Calibur"-like digital NHL trading cards, and a dramatic new breakaway cam for those one-on-one, juke-the-goalie situations.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.6
Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns 14.

Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns

Platform: PC
March 14, 2001
No, it's not another Warcraft clone. This well-received first title from TimeGate Studios introduces a unique combination of real-time gaming and turn-based strategy that sheds the old unit micromanagement scheme and emphasizes fantasy strategic combat.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.7
Shogun: Total War Warlord Edition 15.

Shogun: Total War Warlord Edition

Platform: PC
August 13, 2001
This stand-alone package includes the original complete "Shogun: Total War" game and the "Mongol Invasion" expansion which includes Kublai Khan?s invasion of Mongol hordes that try to conquer Japan and three new Japanese campaigns.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.8
Serious Sam: The First Encounter 16.

Serious Sam: The First Encounter

Platform: PC
March 21, 2001
Sam "Serious" Stone, Earth?s stud warrior, is sent back to Egypt, 3000 B.C., to fight hordes of alien monsters in this acclaimed "Doom"-sytle, back-to-basics, first-person shooter out of Croatia which is listed, amazingly, at the bargain basement price of 20 bucks!
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.4
Commandos 2: Men of Courage 17.

Commandos 2: Men of Courage

Platform: PC
September 20, 2001
A tactical action/strategy game set against the backdrop of WWII. Take control of an elite group of commandos who must venture deep into enemy territory and utilize their combined expertise to complete a series of mission-based objectives. Go covert into new environments based on authentic WWII locations: the heart of the third Reich, a northern European submarine installation, and the headquarters of the Japanese army. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.9
Startopia 18.

Startopia

Platform: PC
June 19, 2001
Any "Futurama" fanatics out there need another hit of space humor? Rebuild and manage a giant 2001-esque space donut/station and attract a variety of alien species to it in a game that plays like the deep space version of "Dungeon Keeper."
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.6
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 - Yuri's Revenge 19.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 - Yuri's Revenge

Platform: PC
October 10, 2001
This Red Alert 2 Expansion Pack finds Yuri ready for world domination in a post-peace treaty, free world. Refining his mind-control technologies, he's created an army of terrors, from mind-controlling tanks to long-range psychics, whose brains are their biggest weapons. Play as Allies or Soviets, and take on Yuri in Hollywood, Egypt -- even the moon -- in 14 new solo campaign missions. [Westwood Studios]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.9
Europa Universalis 20.

Europa Universalis

Platform: PC
February 2, 2001
In a time of hunger for power, honor, and wealth, it is your destiny to rule your country, accept new challenges, mobilize troops, build cities, and exploit your resources. The skilled will gain wealth; the less fortunate can expect poverty and disease. Do you have what it takes to change the course of history? [Strategy First]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.6
Wizardry 8 21.

Wizardry 8

Platform: PC
November 14, 2001
An epic fantasy RPG that picks up where "Wizardry 7" left off. The Dark Savant had taken flight with a device called the Astral Dominae, an incredibly powerful artifact containing the secret of life itself. Following him are two powerful races, the T'Rang and the Umpani, as well as your own brave party of adventurers. Everyone is headed to Dominus, a world on the cusp of the Cosmic Circle, birthplace of the Astral Dominae and home of the Cosmic Lords. Many paths will converge on Dominus, and many long-hidden secrets will be revealed. [Sirtech]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.3
Aliens Versus Predator 2 22.

Aliens Versus Predator 2

Platform: PC
October 31, 2001
AVP 2 takes you to Planet LV1201, where three diverse and bloodthirsty species battle for survival. The story-driven plot weaves together the fates of all three races. Choose to play as Alien, Predator, or Marine as you use your physical prowess, killer instincts, or superior firepower to stay alive. [Sierra]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.6
Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis 23.

Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis

Platform: PC
August 30, 2001
Players assume the role of a U.S. NATO private on a training mission in a fictional 1985 Cold War storyline, where a new Soviet regime seizes control of an island community, and underground resistance groups have mobilized in opposition. The new Soviet government, unable to fight the resistance, calls upon NATO to act as a peacekeeping force and help restore order to the region. NATO responds with Operation Flashpoint. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.7
Tropico 24.

Tropico

Platform: PC
April 5, 2001
Picture a city-building simulation, god game combination with a good splash of humor set in a third world, Caribbean island setting.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.3
Clive Barker's Undying 25.

Clive Barker's Undying

Platform: PC
February 21, 2001
An FPS that delivers an unparalleled tale of horror. Summoned by an old friend, you are Patrick Galloway, master of the occult, armed with the dark knowledge of arcane magic and a six-shot weapon of forged metal grace. You must unravel the curse of the Covenant family ... or die trying. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.8
Monopoly Tycoon 26.

Monopoly Tycoon

Platform: PC
September 24, 2001
A simulation game where the traditional fantasy of "owning it all" is taken to the next level. Plan, invest, build, demolish, and bankrupt your opponents in a real time 3D environment. Construct a fabulous upscale apartment building on Park Place or start a department store chain on Baltic or Mediterranean. It's all about money ? and making more of it than your opponents. [Infogrames]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.7
The Sims: Hot Date 27.

The Sims: Hot Date

Platform: PC
November 12, 2001
Play matchmaker to your Sims and watch the sparks fly or fizzle. Get them out of the house and into the all-new downtown area where they?ll gossip over a candlelit dinner, buy gifts for their dates or just cruise the Strip in hopes of getting lucky. Will your Sims find true love or be destined to a lifetime membership in the lonely hearts club? [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.8
Microsoft Train Simulator 28.

Microsoft Train Simulator

Platform: PC
May 31, 2001
Take control of three engine types -- the electric-powered Acela HHP-8, the diesel Dash-9, and the steam-driven Flying Scotsman -- on a variety of real-life routes, including Japan's Kyushu and Shinjuku-Hakone lines, the US?s Northeast Corridor and Marias Pass, and Europe?s Settle & Carlisle and Orient Express.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.6
Poseidon 29.

Poseidon

Platform: PC
June 25, 2001
With 45 missions spread out across six campaigns, Poseidon features new units to command during war, new monsters, new raw materials to trade (black marble & orichalc), and hippodromes providing much needed city-wide happiness and cash.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.6
EverQuest: The Shadows of Luclin 30.

EverQuest: The Shadows of Luclin

Platform: PC
December 2, 2001
The satellite of Luclin has been discovered, and now Norrathians can venture to the eerie moonscape. This expansion pack is playable by characters of all levels and provides new zones, a new race and a new class, hundreds of new items, spells, and creatures to battle, in addition to new character models supported by an enhanced 3D engine. [Sony Online Entertainment]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.2
Colin McRae Rally 2.0 31.

Colin McRae Rally 2.0

Platform: PC
February 13, 2001
If you can work your way around its shortcomings, you'll find that Colin McRae Rally 2.0 is one of the most engrossing racing sims available.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.5
Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos 32.

Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos

Platform: PC
August 22, 2001
The Badlands cluster. 100 years after the first Independence War. Your father was killed by the Corporations for a bad debt. And you've spent 15 years rotting in jail for trying to get justice. Now it's time for vengeance. Command four futuristic battlecruisers and a band of revolutionary pirates into an all-consuming battle against impossible odds...because there just isn't enough Space for everyone! [Infogrames]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.0
Myst III: Exile 33.

Myst III: Exile

Platform: PC
May 8, 2001
The next chapter in this point and click adventure series which begun with "Myst" and "Riven," the best selling games of all time on any system, focuses on further exploration and puzzle-solving with the D'ni, a race who write magical books and create links to the "ages" described in them.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.7
Capitalism II 34.

Capitalism II

Platform: PC
December 16, 2001
Create and control the business empire of your dreams. This in-depth strategy game covers almost every aspect of business that could be encountered in the real world. Use marketing, manufacturing, purchasing, importing, retailing and more to become a corporate CEO. Capitalism?II features 2 new campaigns ? The Capitalist Campaign and the Entrepreneur Campaign ? plus an in-depth tutorial to make the most complex business strategy a breeze to learn. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.7
Rally Trophy 35.

Rally Trophy

Platform: PC
November 20, 2001
The first ?historic" rally simulation. The game includes 12 classic racecars such as the Ford Cortina, the Fiat 600 Abarth and the Morris Mini Cooper, all of which have been modelled in great detail and extremely realistically. [JoWood Productions]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.0
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel 36.

Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel

Platform: PC
March 14, 2001
This latest entry in the post-nuclear "Fallout" series is not the third chronological installment, but rather a spin-off that takes place between the first two episodes and which shifts the focus of the series from its original RPG, story-based roots in favor of strategic, tactical, squad-based combat.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.7
Battle Realms 37.

Battle Realms

Platform: PC
November 7, 2001
A fantasy RTS combining a unique Living Resource System with a detailed combat model. After seven years of exile, Kenji returns to his war-torn homeland. Will he rise above his bitterness and liberate the land under the Dragon Clan flag, or will he give in to his darker side and conquer it as his father's Serpent Clan did so many years ago? Regardless of Kenji's choice, his actions will force him into conflict with the sinister Lotus Clan, the noble Wolf Clan and a mysterious foe from the past. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.5
Gothic 38.

Gothic

Platform: PC
November 23, 2001
War has decimated the land, Orc Hordes are invading human territory and the king of the land needs a lot of ore to forge enough weapons for his army to stand against this threat. Prisoners from all over the empire are imprisoned in a large magical sphere where they have to work in the mines for the king. You are thrown into the sphere to give a letter to the high mages, this letter may be the turning point on the war against the Orcs. [Xicat Interactive]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.8
Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura 39.

Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura

Platform: PC
August 22, 2001
Populated with elves, orcs, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and halflings, Arcanum, a Tolkienesque fantasy world, exists in an unsteady equilibrium between the emergence of industrialized cities and the decline of magic. This debut RPG from the core "Fallout" team finds the player "on vacation" when he becomes responsible for the fate of this world.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.7
Stronghold 40.

Stronghold

Platform: PC
October 21, 2001
Set in medieval Europe, players establish settlements, build and manage castles and engage in siege warfare. The game incorporates much more building and "community managing" than a traditional RTS, yet allows for a more intense combat experience than city builders have featured in the past. [GodGames]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.9
Rails Across America 41.

Rails Across America

Platform: PC
September 18, 2001
A game of railroad empires in North America, covering the period from 1830 to the near future. It is a real-time strategy with a "sim" flavor. Rails allows hundreds of tracks with thousands of trains crossing the continent. Players must focus on where to expand, where to compete, and when to call in favors from government officials, union leaders, and other powerful figures. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.0
Empire Earth 42.

Empire Earth

Platform: PC
November 12, 2001
From the lead designer of Age of Empires® comes Empire EarthTM a real-time strategy game that lets you control the destiny of a fledgling civilization through 500,000 years of human history. Choose any point in time and establish a civilization to transcend the ages and dominate the earth. [Sierra]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.3
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 43.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon

Platform: PC
November 13, 2001
Take command of the Ghosts through a series of missions that range from demolitions, to search and rescue, to all-out firefights for survival. Features squad-based tactical combat with next-generation military action in stunning 3D environments and a mission-driven storyline with 15 different singleplayer maps (as big as 400m x 400m), and 6 dedicated multiplayer maps. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.6
Conquest: Frontier Wars 44.

Conquest: Frontier Wars

Platform: PC
August 14, 2001
Master the technology and tactics of three clashing races as you control strategic wormholes, maintain precious supply lines, and forge an empire from hundreds of unique units to attain total control of the galaxy in this fleet-based real-time strategy game.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.1
Asheron's Call Dark Majesty 45.

Asheron's Call Dark Majesty

Platform: PC
November 4, 2001
The land of Dereth, a massively multiplayer world brimming with constantly evolving stories, real life comrades, and strange and fearsome monsters. It is to this world that the great Empyrean mage Asheron has "called" you. Explore the rich history of Dereth, revel in its wonders, and discover your destiny! [Microsoft]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.4
The Corporate Machine 46.

The Corporate Machine

Platform: PC
July 14, 2001
Winning design, powerful artificial intelligence, and a great sense of humor make The Corporate Machine one of the best strategy games so far this year.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
6.8
MechCommander 2 47.

MechCommander 2

Platform: PC
July 18, 2001
Take control of an entire company of the most fearsome military machines in history: BattleMechs! As a MechCommander, you command a unit of mercenary MechWarriors in a real-time strategy game of power, combat, and treachery set in the BattleTech® Universe. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.8
Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Battle 48.

Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Battle

Platform: PC
March 25, 2001
Gameplay stands out in this strategy game based on the veteran game engine used in Sid Meier’s "Gettysburg."
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.5
Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising 49.

Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising

Platform: PC
June 13, 2001
Ever see Stallone's "Demolition Man?" Sure, think 2032, a peaceful society without weapons...that is until a renegade group of magnates arrives forces you to excavate the war cruiser Adaptive Cruiser Antaeus from the ocean floor and use it to save the world from the clutches of tyranny.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.7
F1 2001 50.

F1 2001

Platform: PC
October 14, 2001
Engage in high stakes racing from Monaco to Monza and take on the most intelligent and daring racers to hit the Formula One circuit. Includes all the drivers, tracks and teams from the official FIA 2001 Formula OneWorld Championship. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.1
Kohan: Ahriman's Gift 51.

Kohan: Ahriman's Gift

Platform: PC
November 5, 2001
A stand-alone prequel to "Immortal Sovereigns," this RTS features you as one of the Kohan, an ancient race devastated by a cycle of world-breaking cataclysms. Now, as your strength grows and your destiny unfolds, you have to seize the reins of power and take your place in the war between the Creator and the Shadow. [TimeGate Studios]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.8
Emperor: Battle for Dune 52.

Emperor: Battle for Dune

Platform: PC
June 12, 2001
Based on the universe created in the Frank Herbert novels and in David Lynch's 1984 movie, this long-awaited sequel to the early '90s game "Dune II" -- the granddaddy of the real-time strategy genre -- puts you in command of a military faction fighting for control of the desert planet Arrakis and its critical resources.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.0
Rowan's Battle of Britain 53.

Rowan's Battle of Britain

Platform: PC
January 31, 2001
A real-time combat flight simulation depicting the Luftwaffe's raids over British skies. With over 800 square miles of sky and over 1,000 attacking aircraft, gamers finally have the chance to experience the amazing scope of one of the largest air raids ever. [Empire Interactive]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
tbd
Jumpgate: The Reconstruction Initiative 54.

Jumpgate: The Reconstruction Initiative

Platform: PC
September 23, 2001
Real Time Spaceflight and Combat are but two elements in this Massively Multiplayer Online Spaceflight Simulation. Team up with others to actually "re-create" a universe with all that such an enterprise entails. Interact with squadron members and wayward travelers, struggle to stay on course in the face of solar storms, and battle mysterious adversaries (both human and alien). [3DO]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
tbd
Shattered Galaxy 55.

Shattered Galaxy

Platform: PC
August 21, 2001
Engage opponents in frenzied tactical struggles. Unite with allies to contest enemy nations' territorial claims. Customize your units with equipment best suited for your objectives. Achieve promotions for yourself and new upgrades for your war machines. Research new technologies to devastate the opposition. [Nexon]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.3
MechWarrior 4: Black Knight Expansion 56.

MechWarrior 4: Black Knight Expansion

Platform: PC
October 31, 2001
You're back on Kentares IV, and this time, you don't have to play nice. Enlist in the notorious Black Knight Legion, climb aboard any one of five new 'Mechs, and deliver some payback for all the injustices you've been dealt. Put your mercenary skills to the ultimate test in a world ravaged by civil war. Use the new Black Market feature to get the equipment and weapons you need, when you need it. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.3
Star Trek Starfleet Command: Orion Pirates 57.

Star Trek Starfleet Command: Orion Pirates

Platform: PC
July 1, 2001
Taking over command of one of the eight star empires from the original game, you choose between fighting against the Orion Pirates or joining forces with them to conquer the universe. During game play, players will control various ships and all of its systems while taking it into combat against enemy vessels. [Interplay]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.5
NBA Live 2001 58.

NBA Live 2001

Platform: PC
February 7, 2001
The dominant hoops franchise returns live, delivering high-flyin', fast-paced NBA action plus a whole lot more. With all-new player reactions and bench sequences, redesigned commentary, and crowd animations, NBA Live 2001 comes alive, bringing more emotion and atmosphere to the court than ever before. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
6.9
Red Faction 59.

Red Faction

Platform: PC
September 17, 2001
This first-person shooter features Geo-Mod? technology, the ability to completely alter and destroy the environment in real-time. Wage war through 20 diverse levels with 15 weapons of mass destruction. Hijack 5 fully armed land, sea and air vehicles. [THQ]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.1
Summoner 60.

Summoner

Platform: PC
March 21, 2001
Volition's first RPG, a truly 3-D RPG played from a third-person perspective which was praised as a launch title on the PS2, features Joseph, a young summoner who learns to use and control his powers while attempting to overthrow the evil tyranny that has beset his world.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.7
Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive 61.

Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive

Platform: PC
July 23, 2001
Lead Cooper and his gang through 25 levels of this character-based real-time strategy game in which you're hired to find the banditos responsible for a train robbery in the old American frontier.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.8
Etherlords 62.

Etherlords

Platform: PC
November 12, 2001
Select your sorcerer hero from among four powerful races, and summon an army of monsters who clash for control of the world. Upgrade and enhance your magic arsenal, choosing from over 300 available spells. Features over 20 levels. [Fishtank Interactive]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.6
FIFA Soccer 2002 63.

FIFA Soccer 2002

Platform: PC
October 29, 2001
FIFA 2002?s new passing system incorporates an open-ended and flexible passing model. Pass the ball into space, utilize through-balls and one-two?s. Direct your teammates on strategic runs thru the defense. The new system is enjoyable for players of all levels, creating a deeply satisfying football experience. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.4
Anachronox 64.

Anachronox

Platform: PC
June 27, 2001
Theory has it Anachronox was once home to millions of quarantined aliens who died of some horrible plague (Anachronox literally means "poison from a previous time"), leaving this city to fall to ruins, to be taken over by the refuse of the galaxy as the center of their nefarious dealings. Here our story begins. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.9
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 65.

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2

Platform: PC
November 20, 2001
Raziel returns to various eras of Nosgoth's dark past in his relentless pursuit of Kain. Encounter new enemies as you unearth the mysteries of Nosgoth's ancient races, and expose the schemes behind the corruption of the Pillars, and the vampire genocide. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.7
Patrician II: Quest for Power 66.

Patrician II: Quest for Power

Platform: PC
October 8, 2001
A real-time trading simulation featuring elements of construction and the historical background of maritime trade in the North European area between London and Novgorod during the 1300's. As a citizen of a medieval town, the aim of the game is to rise from the status of a simple trader to that of a big businessman and perhaps to the head of the Hanseatic League. [Strategy First]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
6.9
High Heat Major League Baseball 2002 67.

High Heat Major League Baseball 2002

Platform: PC
March 15, 2001
As outstanding as the core elements of High Heat 2002 undoubtedly are, it's hard to emerge from an extended session of gameplay without some serious misgivings.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.6
Myth III: The Wolf Age 68.

Myth III: The Wolf Age

Platform: PC
October 30, 2001
Myth III: The Wolf Age takes place 1000 years before the first two Myth games. This prequel is a fully 3D squad-based Real Time Strategy (RTS) fantasy game that follows the life of Connacht the Wolf ? the legendary hero who saved humanity from the Myrkridia and the oppressive Trow to ultimately become the Emperor of all human lands. To defeat your enemies, you must cast spells, gain experience, collect items, and build ancient devices. [GodGames]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
6.8
Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds 69.

Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds

Platform: PC
November 11, 2001
Galactic Battlegrounds lets you lead the armies of Star Wars to victory in intense, real-time strategy clashes. Enter the fray as the Galactic Empire, Rebel Alliance, Trade Federation, Wookiees and other civilizations in campaigns that will determine the final outcome of the Galactic Civil War. [LucasArts]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.9
Earth 2150: The Moon Project 70.

Earth 2150: The Moon Project

Platform: PC
March 11, 2001
It is 2150, one of the darkest years in the history of mankind. While the Lunar Corporation, Eurasian Dynasty, and the United Civilized States battle it out to the bitter end on the home planet, a secret research project is underway on the moon. Only the project code name is known -- "Project SunLight." [Game Sudios]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.3
The Typing of the Dead 71.

The Typing of the Dead

Platform: PC
September 23, 2001
Run through "House of the Dead 2," but instead of firing a light-gun you type a word that is displayed onscreen in front of the creature attacking you. The faster and more accurately you type the words, the faster you'll kill the zombies and the higher you're score will be. [Empire Interactive]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.6
SimCoaster 72.

SimCoaster

Platform: PC
January 29, 2001
SimCoaster dismisses the elegant design of its predecessor, and instead favors the often-overwhelming amount of management found in the original Theme Park.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.3
Uplink: Hacker Elite 73.

Uplink: Hacker Elite

Platform: PC
October 9, 2001
High tech computer crime and industrial espionage on the Internet of 2010. You play an Uplink Agent who makes a living by performing jobs for major corporations. Your tasks involve hacking into rival computer systems, stealing research data, sabotaging other companies, laundering money, erasing evidence, or framing innocent people. You use the money you earn to upgrade your computer systems, and to buy new software and tools. As your experience level increases you find more dangerous and profitable missions become available. You can speculate on a fully working stock market (and even influence its outcome). You can modify peoples academic or criminal records. You can divert money from bank transfers into your own accounts. You can even take part in the construction of the most deadly computer virus ever designed. [Introversion]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.2
Beyond Atlantis II 74.

Beyond Atlantis II

Platform: PC
October 24, 2001
A young archeologist searches for the existence of a metropolis built, according to myth and legend, by the ancient Egyptians...From the palaces of the Thousand and One Nights to the Sahara Desert, from the Egyptian Book of the Dead to the icy plains of the Paleolithic, immerse yourself... [DreamCatcher Interactive] - Also known as "Atlantis 3: The New World"
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.6
Worms World Party 75.

Worms World Party

Platform: PC
June 16, 2001
"Worms Armageddon" freaks will find much of the same with this turn-based 2D strategy game sequel (or upgrade--you decide) in which you lead your team of cute little worms and annihilate the other teams with bazookas, uzis, cluster-bombs and other subtle weoponry.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.8
Blade of Darkness 76.

Blade of Darkness

Platform: PC
February 19, 2001
Stunning, richly detailed fantasy world. Real-ime lighting casts eerie and terrifying shadows. Unrivaled blood and gore combat. Hack off an enemy's limb, then thrash him with it. Learn devastatingly fluid combo attacks and use them to slice your enemies to pieces. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.6
Atari Anniversary Edition 77.

Atari Anniversary Edition

Platform: PC
July 9, 2001
Get retro with 12 classic Atari games: Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Battlezone, Centipede, Crystal Castles, Gravitar, Millipede, Missile Command, Pong, Super Breakout, Tempest, and Warlords.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.3
Comanche 4 78.

Comanche 4

Platform: PC
November 12, 2001
A fast-paced action game that moves at 200mph with you at the controls of a Comanche helicopter. Fly the U.S. Army?s next generation attack helicopter in over 30 extreme missions. Fire a 20mm cannon, 70mm rockets, Stinger heat-seeking and Hellfire laser-guided missiles. [NovaLogic]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.6
Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter 79.

Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter

Platform: PC
February 19, 2001
In the midst of the harshest winter in decades, the barbarian tribes have united under a mysterious new king and threaten to take up arms against the people of Ten-Towns. Continue your adventure in five huge new areas that add directly into the original "Icewind Dale."
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.8
The Sims: House Party 80.

The Sims: House Party

Platform: PC
March 26, 2001
The latest expansion to the the wildly popular "The Sims" focuses on the one of your Sims' higher, more refined needs -- the urge to throw parties.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.9
Evil Islands: Curse of the Lost Soul 81.

Evil Islands: Curse of the Lost Soul

Platform: PC
April 17, 2001
Employing the hack-n-slash formula made popular by Blizzard's "Diablo II," this action role-playing fantasy features a character named Zak who awakens with amnesia on a primitive island barely clothed and initially carrying only a bronze knife and must slaughter countless monsters on the quest for his identity.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.9
Cossacks: European Wars 82.

Cossacks: European Wars

Platform: PC
April 14, 2001
A real-time strategy game set in 17th and 18th century Europe, the age of Napoleonic war and early gun combat, and similar to "Age of Empires II."
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.0
Motor City Online 83.

Motor City Online

Platform: PC
October 29, 2001
Build and race your own collection of custom hot rods with thousands of real people online! More than just a racing game, MCO is a virtual hot rod haven for gearheads, car lovers, and gamers alike! Make friends, join a club turf war, customize your dream car, battle racers from around the world, and race your way to a reputation as the baddest rodder in Motor City. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
6.3
Oni 84.

Oni

Platform: PC
January 28, 2001
a new kind of third-person action game that, for the first time, combines hand-to-hand combat and gunplay into a single, intense experience. It is the story of Konoko, an elite agent of the Tech Crimes Task Force -- a woman whose tough exterior hides a soul haunted by dark secrets in her past. [G.O.D.]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.6
Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX 85.

Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX

Platform: PC
October 23, 2001
Tony Hawk on a bike? Using an enhanced "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" engine, Activision and Mat Hoffman give Dave Mirra a ride for his money for the best BMX title on the market.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
6.6
The Sting! 86.

The Sting!

Platform: PC
July 1, 2001
In this underworld, you will need to make your way up (or down) the criminal ladder to become the most respected burglar on the streets. To gain the honor you crave from the most notorious criminals in the underworld, you will need to pull off the crime of the century -- The Sting! [JoWood Productions]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.7
Project Eden 87.

Project Eden

Platform: PC
October 8, 2001
Designed by the team that created the original "Tomb Raider," Project Eden puts the player in control of an elite 4-person team of Urban Protection Agency members called in to investigate a bizarre equipment malfunction at the Real Meat factory.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.4
Anarchy Online 88.

Anarchy Online

Platform: PC
June 26, 2001
Funcom's massively multiplayer science-fiction online role-playing game, referred to as a "sci-fi Everquest" & fraught with bugginess and stability issues upon release, caused some critics to lose sleep over whether to review the game out of the box or after the release of routine patches.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.3
Ballistics 89.

Ballistics

Platform: PC
October 22, 2001
The Ballistics pilots run their hover bikes on magnetic fields inside a track that allows full 360┬║ movement. The races take place in many different settings; all with their own unique design and environment - all shaped to breed the speed. [Xicat Interactive]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.4
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis 90.

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

Platform: PC
April 16, 2001
Taking place on the day and night following the events of the first Resident Evil game but just before the second, Nemesis comes to the PC after a stops on the Playstation, continuing the series that made the survival horror genre.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.6
Silent Hunter II 91.

Silent Hunter II

Platform: PC
November 5, 2001
This WWII U-boat combat simulator puts players in command of a cunning killer. Features 3D modeled ships, subs, aircraft from all major powers in the Atlantic; inter-operability via the internet with the naval combat simulation, "Destroyer Command"; ultra-realistic, real-time ocean and weather effects; and adjustable realism and difficulty levels. [Ubi Soft]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.5
Magic & Mayhem: The Art of Magic 92.

Magic & Mayhem: The Art of Magic

Platform: PC
October 26, 2001
A unique blend of strategy, tactical combat, and role-playing brought to life with full 3D graphics and an epic storyline. As a Wizard, you have the power to conjure terrifying creatures and devastating spells against you opponent. Before each battle, you choose which spells you will bring with you, and then use the spells in real-time tactical combat against your opponent. [Bethesda Softworks]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.0
Combat Command 2: Desert Rats 93.

Combat Command 2: Desert Rats

Platform: PC
July 29, 2001
Step into the shoes of Rommel or Patton in this second installment of the Combat Command 2 series with enhanced night attack capability and enhanced armor strength in 17 scenarios, including Sidi Rezegh, Kasserine Pass, El Guettar, and Oran.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
tbd
World War III: Black Gold 94.

World War III: Black Gold

Platform: PC
October 16, 2001
A fully 3D RTS featuring three parties: the USA, Russia and Iraq. Whichever is chosen allows the player to select two campaigns, consisting of 5 missions on average. Features a first-rate weapon system: anti-aircraft, anti-tank, mass destruction weapons, highly destructive chemical weapons. The existing weapon systems allow the player to exploit weaknesses in the enemy defense. [JoWood]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
5.9
Madden NFL 2002 95.

Madden NFL 2002

Platform: PC
August 20, 2001
New physics, collision, time-of-day changes and a new graphics engine are a few of the additions to this EA staple which allows you to create your own team and go online to challenge other Madden-heads over the net.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
6.8
Half-Life: Blue Shift 96.

Half-Life: Blue Shift

Platform: PC
June 11, 2001
We're back in the Black Mesa compound yet again for the second "official" expansion for 1998's groundbreaking first-person shooter "Half-Life." Take the role of security guard Barney Calhoun who, like Gordon Freeman, is given the task of wiping out every nasty extraterrestrial or misled soldier who crosses his path. (Also includes the first HL expansion pack "Opposing Force.")
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.2
Fate of the Dragon 97.

Fate of the Dragon

Platform: PC
March 14, 2001
Reminiscent of "Age of Empires II", this historical real-time strategy is based on the Three Kingdoms period of 2nd century China, just after the Han Dynasty fell into ruin, a turbulent time during which dozens of warlords sought the throne and eventually settled into three conflicting kingdoms.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
6.9
Steel Soldiers 98.

Steel Soldiers

Platform: PC
June 14, 2001
The Bitmap brothers bring us the sequel to 1996's real-time strategy "Z," jumping into 3D yet sticking with the same quirky sense of "robot" humor and style of game that made the original game a success.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.8
Echelon 99.

Echelon

Platform: PC
May 16, 2001
Russia's Buka Entertainment developed this space/air-combat game which combines elements from filght sim and science-fiction action games, and which pits young hotshot fighter pilots against an alien race of Velians in a series of fast-paced battles.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.3
Zax: The Alien Hunter 100.

Zax: The Alien Hunter

Platform: PC
October 9, 2001
Zax is a futuristic explorer on a solitary mission of wealth acquisition when he crash lands on a hostile, uncharted planet. With his ship suffering from rampant system failures due to the crash, Zax has no choice but to try and navigate this backwater world until he can acquire the necessary resources to repair his ship and escape with his life. [JoWood]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.6

Titles with fewer than 7 critic reviews are excluded.

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